MLB Injury Roundup

by KFFL Staff and Ryan Dodson on June 8, 2007 @ 14:27:32 PDT

 


Welcome to KFFL.com's Injury Roundup. Each week, we bring you the latest from around the diamond on key injury issues. Who are the latest players on the disabled list that could affect their team's production, which players may be headed to the disabled list soon and which players may be returning to the fold in the coming days or weeks?

PRIMETIME PLAYERS

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (quadriceps) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, June 8, and bat second in the order. Mauer has missed a month of action.

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (hands/wrists) is out for several weeks due to wrist and hand injuries. Jones received two cortisone injections and was placed in braces for each wrist. He said he has a bone bruise right where the ligaments are in his wrist.

Braves catcher Brian McCann (finger, ankle) rolled his ankle Tuesday but returned to the lineup Thursday after sitting out one game. The young slugger is also playing with discomfort in his left ring finger.

Detroit Tigers shortstop Carlos Guillen (groin) returned to the lineup Tuesday after not playing since May 30 due to a strained left groin.

New York Mets starter Pedro Martinez (shoulder) threw 38 pitches from a mound Tuesday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. He could throw another bullpen session this weekend.

Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran (knee) returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing three games due to a bruised right knee.

Mets outfielder Moises Alou (leg) probably won't be ready to play this weekend as he's been slow to recover and had to have fluid drained from his leg this week.

Mets third baseman David Wright (back) was a late scratch last Friday due to back spasms.

New York Yankees designated hitter Jason Giambi (foot) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with torn tissue in the arch of his left foot. He could be out as little as a month and could be out for the season.

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte (back) is slated to start this Friday after having a good bullpen session Wednesday. He had left early from his start last Sunday after experiencing a stiff lower back. The stiffness was also in the same area he suffered a back injury during spring training.

Yankees starter Roger Clemens (groin) has been cleared to start in his season debut Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. An MRI exam revealed a scar tissue injury in his right groin, but he's received treatment for the injury.

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Freel (neck), who was advised rest, saw a neck and spine specialist Wednesday. The team plans to update his status Friday.

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (hamstring) has been bothered the past few weeks by a sore hamstring and is shutting down his stolen base attempts for the time being.

Oakland Athletics closer Huston Street (elbow) felt good one day after playing catch this week for the first time since being shut down from throwing due to an irritated ulnar nerve. However, there is no set timetable for his return.

Athletics starter Rich Harden (shoulder) is working through various throwing drills as he tries to progress toward throwing off a mound. The team is also considering using him in a temporary relief role when he's ready to pitch.

Texas Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira (neck) left in the fifth inning Wednesday with a stiff neck. Teixeira (concussion) also suffered a mild concussion last Friday after being hit below the left eye by the ball while he was scoring a run.

Florida Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera (right hamstring tightness) left early from the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday after his hamstring tightened up while he was running the bases.

Marlins starter Josh Johnson (elbow) will make a rehab start Friday and could be ready for his season debut in two weeks if all goes well.

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez (knee) has missed time due to a strained left knee. He is day-to-day.

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen (hamstring) returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing a few days due to a strained hamstring.

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter (elbow) threw in the outfield for the first time since undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs behind his right elbow.

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Jason Schmidt (shoulder) returned from the disabled list Tuesday and pitched six shutout innings.

Dodgers closer Takashi Saito (hamstring) missed most of the week with a pulled hamstring. He could return Friday, June 8.

AROUND THE DIAMOND

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Baltimore Orioles - There are no significant injuries.

Boston Red Sox - Rehabbing starter Jon Lester (forearm) continues to appear like he's physically ready to return to the Boston rotation by tallying a 1.26 ERA over six rehab starts with Triple-A Pawtucket, but he's slated to throw yet another rehab game for Pawtucket Saturday. The good news is that this should be his final rehab start... Reliever Mike Timlin (shoulder) could return Friday... Outfielder J.D. Drew (hamstring) returned to the lineup Monday after sitting out both of last weekend's games. He was then held out of the starting lineup for two days to give him a chance to get his legs back before starting Thursday. He went 1-for-4 in that game but was hitting just .224 entering play Friday.

New York Yankees - First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz (broken right wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list last Monday but is expected to be able to play again this season. However, the bone in his wrist that he fractured last Saturday heals slowly. He also received a mild concussion and a cervical sprain on the play, which resulted in a collision with a baserunner at first base. The injuries to Mientkiewicz and Giambi leave first base to the likes of Josh Phelps or Miguel Cairo... Starter Carl Pavano (elbow) had elbow surgery Tuesday to repair the ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. He's been transferred to the 60-day disabled list and is out for the remainder of the season as he's expected to miss 12-18 months.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Outfielder Rocco Baldelli (hamstring) has made progress recovering from a left hamstring injury without any setbacks, but manager Joe Maddon has not given an official estimate for his return... Third baseman Akinori Iwamura (bruised left eye) could be back this Friday. He hasn't played since last Saturday.

Toronto Blue Jays - Outfielder Reed Johnson (back) is well ahead of schedule in his rehab from a herniated disc in his back. He was initially supposed to be out until the All-Star break... First baseman Lyle Overbay (hand) is expected to miss four to six weeks after fracturing his right hand Sunday and undergoing surgery Tuesday, leaving first base duties primarily to first baseman Matt Stairs... Catcher Gregg Zaun (thumb) will likely come off the 15-day disabled list Friday... Pitcher John Thomson (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list earlier this week... Starter Shaun Marcum (back) left early from his start last Sunday with back tightness, but he is not expected to miss any time as the injury is not considered serious... Third baseman Troy Glaus (hamstring) received a day off last Saturday.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Chicago White Sox - Outfielder Darin Erstad (ankle) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade II sprain of his left ankle. He is slated to return the weekend of June 16... Outfielder Scott Podsednik (groin) could also return that weekend... Third baseman Joe Crede (back) went on the disabled list and is contemplating having either an epidural or season-ending surgery.

Cleveland Indians - Starter Jake Westbrook (abdominal) will make his second rehab start Friday, although he will be limited to 70-75 pitches. He'll be able to return to the club once he can throw at least 90 pitches in a game.

Detroit Tigers - Third baseman Brandon Inge (toe) missed time due to a small chip fracture in his left big toe this week. However, he returned to the lineup Tuesday and hit a homer... Starter Nate Robertson (arm) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a tired arm... Starter Zach Miner (elbow) also went on the disabled list because of elbow tendinitis... Starter Kenny Rogers (shoulder) could begin a rehab assignment next week and perhaps be back by the end of the month.

Kansas City Royals - Reliever Joakim Soria (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday... Designated hitter Mike Sweeney (flulike symptoms) was out of the lineup last Saturday.

Minnesota Twins - There are no significant injuries.

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Infielder Maicer Izturis (hamstring) had three hits in a rehab game Tuesday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He's been on the disabled list twice this season for a hamstring injury... Second baseman Howie Kendrick (hand) struggled at the plate for two weeks after coming off the disabled list May 22, but he had hits in three straight games this week... Outfielder Garret Anderson (hip) returned to the lineup Sunday, June 3, for the first time in over a month.

Oakland Athletics - Outfielder Milton Bradley (calf) is day-to-day with right calf tightness after being a late scratch Wednesday and has only appeared in three games since coming off the 15-day disabled list May 30... Designated hitter Mike Piazza (shoulder) has started light hitting in the indoor cages but doesn't appear to be coming back anytime soon... Outfielder Bobby Kielty (calf) has been taking regular batting practice and should be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible later in the month... Outfielder Mark Kotsay (back) was activated from the 60-day disabled list last Friday and went 1-for-4 in his first game of the season.

Seattle Mariners - Third baseman Adrian Beltre (thumb) has missed five straight games with a sprained left thumb but could be back in the lineup Friday... First baseman Richie Sexson (calf) was out of the lineup Tuesday with a strained right calf muscle.

Texas Rangers - Starter Vicente Padilla (arm) missed a turn Tuesday with arm irritation but is on target to start Sunday... Starter Kevin Millwood (hamstring) came off the disabled list last Friday but has given up 14 runs in 8 2-3 innings since then... Outfielder Brad Wilkerson (hamstring) could return this weekend... Starter Brandon McCarthy (finger) will make his next start Saturday after throwing 40 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday... Outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. (neck) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Atlanta Braves - Reliever Mike Gonzalez (elbow) had successful Tommy John surgery performed last week and will try to make it back in time for the 2008 season.

Florida Marlins - Starter Sergio Mitre (hamstring) threw 58 pitches in his start Tuesday, going five innings, and remains on target to make his next start. Although he had some expected soreness in his leg, he didn't suffer any new physical setbacks... Starter Ricky Nolasco (elbow) is under restrictions and won't be allowed to throw for the next two weeks... Starter Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) is continuing rehab efforts and could be back by June 19... First baseman Mike Jacobs (thumb) won't be able to resume hitting for another week or so.

New York Mets - Second baseman Jose Valentin (knee) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday after a six-week absence and returned to his starting role, going 1-for-4 in his first game back... Outfielder Endy Chavez (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will miss four to six weeks with a pulled left hamstring... Outfielder Shawn Green (foot) expects to be activated from the disabled list this Sunday after receiving clearance Wednesday to start jogging.

Philadelphia Phillies - Closer Brett Myers (shoulder) was able to play catch for the second straight day Wednesday but remains about 10 days to two weeks away from returning... Reliever Tom Gordon (shoulder) has no timetable for a return.

Washington Nationals - Starter John Patterson (shoulder) threw a simulated game Wednesday, June 6, hitting 92 and 93 mph on the radar gun. He will throw another simulated game Sunday, and he could go on a rehab assignment after that... Starter Shawn Hill (elbow) still has no timetable for a return, although a doctor's visit last Thursday revealed no new problems with his elbow... Reliever Ryan Wagner (shoulder) is out for the season after having right shoulder surgery Tuesday... First baseman Nick Johnson (leg) took batting practice for the first time this season last Friday. The team is hopeful he can return after the All-Star break.

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs - Outfielder Cliff Floyd (ribcage) missed a few games last weekend due to inflammation of cartilage in his ribcage. He should be fine, though... Reliever Angel Guzman (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.

Cincinnati Reds - Shortstop Alex Gonzalez (hamstring) missed his third straight game Thursday due to a sore right hamstring... Outfielder Josh Hamilton (gastroenteritis) was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Houston Astros - There are no significant injuries.

Milwaukee Brewers - Second baseman Rickie Weeks (wrist) received a cortisone shot in his injured right wrist. He is on the disabled list due to the injury.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Outfielder Xavier Nady (hamstring) has missed time due to a tight left hamstring. He is day-to-day.

St. Louis Cardinals - Outfielder Chris Duncan (knee) returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing a couple of games due to a knee infection... Starter Mark Mulder (shoulder) threw 33 pitches off the bullpen mound at about 50 percent effort Tuesday. There is still no timetable for his return.

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

Arizona Diamondbacks - Third baseman Chad Tracy (ribcage) should return from the DL Saturday... Outfielder Chris B. Young (groin) missed Sunday's game due to a sore groin. He returned Tuesday and hit the game-winning homer.

Colorado Rockies - Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (groin) missed time due to a strained groin. He returned to action the following game.

Los Angeles Dodgers - There are no significant injuries.

San Diego Padres - Starter Clay Hensley (groin) was activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A. There is no word as to when he’ll return, as the team has been happy with the performance of starter Justin Germano, who took Hensley's place in the rotation and appears to be locked into a rotation spot... Shortstop Khalil Greene (arm) missed two games with a sore arm this week.

San Francisco Giants - Outfielder Dave Roberts (elbow) could return this weekend, which would be two weeks earlier than expected following elbow surgery.

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